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Chelsea complete £20m transfer of Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa

Chelsea complete the £20million signing of Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka after knocking out competition from Dortmund and Barcelona for the highly regarded midfielder

  • Carney Chukwuemeka has signed a six-year contract to join Chelsea
  • England Under 19 international had rejected a contract offer from Aston Villa
  • Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona had also shown interest in the midfielder

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for £20million.

The Blues have knocked out competition from Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona to land the midfielder just one day before the new Premier League season.

The 18-year-old had previously turned down a new contract with Villa on understanding he wanted £100,000 a week and has now agreed a six-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Carney Chukwuemeka has completed his £20million move from Aston Villa to Chelsea

The midfielder is happy with his move to Stamford Bridge

Carney Chukwuemeka has completed his £20million move from Aston Villa to Chelsea

The England Under-19 international admitted he is now relieved that the deal has been finalized and that he can finally concentrate fully on his game.

“It’s been quite hectic, but I couldn’t get Chelsea out of my head for the past few days, so I’m just happy and relieved that it’s all behind us,” he said. Chelsea’s website.

“I’m so excited and can’t wait to get out on the pitch, meet all the players and try to win games and trophies with Chelsea.”

Chukwuemeka stands outside Chelsea's training ground in Cobham after completing move

Chukwuemeka stands outside Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham after completing move

The highly regarded midfielder is said to have signed a six-year deal

The highly regarded midfielder is said to have signed a six-year deal

AC Milan had offered £3 million before Chelsea agreed to Villa’s asking price.

Chukwuemeka had one year left on his Villa deal but had opted not to sign an extension due to concerns over his playing time. He made fourteen appearances last season, but only three of them were starts.

Villa CEO Christian Purslow once described him as ‘probably the best 16-year-old in England’ and he played for the Young Lions over the summer, helping them win the Under 19 Euros and being named in the team of the tournament.

Chelsea have invaded Aston Villa to bring in highly regarded midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka

Chelsea have invaded Aston Villa to bring in highly regarded midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka

The Under-19 European Championship winner made 14 Villa appearances last season, but only three of them were starts

The Under-19 European Championship winner made 14 Villa appearances last season, but only three of them were starts

Meanwhile, Chelsea are on the cusp of signing Marc Cucurella from Brighton for around £52.5million.

Brighton insisted no agreement had been reached on Wednesday night despite widespread reports to the contrary, but figures close to the deal are adamant the deal will go through.

There is a medical examination on Thursday and Cucurella is about to sign a six-year contract.



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